Return to the Office…? Part 2: CDC Publishes Return to Work Guidance on “High Risk” Employees

Return to the Office…? Part 2: CDC Publishes Return to Work Guidance on “High Risk” Employees The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released return-to-work guidance for employers with workers at high risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, workers with chronic lung disease, asthma, … Continued

Virginia Employers: Prepare to Provide Pregnancy-Related Accommodations

Virginia employers should get ready to provide pregnancy-related accommodations to employees beginning July 1, 2020.  Recently enacted, Virginia Senate Bill 712 amends the Virginia Human Rights Act to require covered employers to make reasonable accommodation to the known limitations of an employee related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation would impose … Continued

Washington Employers Must Provide Accommodations Protecting High-Risk Employees from COVID-19

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46 on April 13, 2020, requiring all public and private employers to offer accommodations to high-risk employees to protect them from exposure to COVID-19. The proclamation is effective from April 13, 2020 through June 12, 2020, unless extended by Governor Inslee. The proclamation adopts the Centers for Disease … Continued

U.S. DOL FFCRA Rule Faces Challenges and Q&A Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) recently released Temporary Rule and Q&A guidance concerning the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided much-needed detail for employers and third-party leave administrators grappling with administering the FFCRA’s new paid leave entitlements. However, the DOL’s regulations and Q&As contained some surprises for those who were relying on … Continued

Rhode Island Waives TDI/TCI Waiting Periods and Relaxes Documentation Required for COVID-19 Claims

As coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S., many state agencies have rallied to increase impacted workers’ access to wage replacement benefits through existing state-administered benefits programs. Some agencies have also revised documentation requirements in recognition of the current limitations on timely access to COVID-19 testing and diagnosis. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and … Continued